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COURTS   OF   PARIS,    NAPLES,   ETC.               2OI

the case ?    Patience  and conciliation would  bring
about matters better than violence.

Adieu until I write from Fontainebleau. How
different that place will appear to what it was
when I was there with the Court in 1786!

Fontainebleau9 April xzth, 1797.

I have settled myself in pleasant lodgings until
the expiration of my month's exile. The spring
is backward, but the forest, which is dreadfully
cut up, even hacked as it is and without leaves,
is charming.

The day before yesterday I walked about the
Valorin, where the views of the Seine are noble;
and yesterday to the long ridge of rocks south of
the town, where poor Marie Antoinette had a
wide road made along the summit, and the whole
eminence planted with maritime pines. To-day
I strolled about Thomesy, a large village situated
in an elbow of the Seine, environed on three sides
by the forest. The vineyards there produce the
finest Chasselas grapes, which are sent daily down
the river to Paris. On the opposite side of the
Seme rises a lofty rocky mountain, covered with